Text fire Incidents in Metro Manila

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An April 19, 2011 press release prepared by the Department of Interior and Local Government
Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse M. Robredo on Tuesday urged the public to just immediately send SMS or text message to the Bureau of Fire Protection in case fire or other emergency cases transpire in Metro Manila, particularly during the observance of the Holy Week vacation.
The public, he said, can expect prompt response from the BFP and other private fire volunteer organizations by sending text information about a fire in progress and its exact location to cellular phone number 0918-6888888.
Robredo made the call after the BFP National Capital Region led by Director Santiago Laguna inked an agreement with TXTFire Philippines Foundation, Inc. led by its President Gerie Chua to let the public to utilize text messaging as a means to immediately alert and inform the BFP and TXTFire about fire incidents in their areas. The signing of the agreement was witnessed by Manila City Mayor Alfredo Lim.
“This system will prove to be very useful especially with the onset of summer and the Lenten season when everybody must be extra cautious as most of the fires usually occur during this time of the year,” he said.
Laguna said that this partnership between BFP-NCR and TXTFire will make it easier for the public to report fire incidents in their areas and for the BFP to immediately dispatch a team to respond to the fire scene.
Messages, alerts, advisories and other information relative to the occurrence of fire, calamities and emergency situations generated by TXTFire facilities shall then be relayed to BFP-NCR and other fire volunteer groups who will quickly proceed to the site to respond to the incident.
Both parties have also agreed to keep an open radio communication line between them to facilitate quick access on fire alerts to enable them to render quick response 24/7 on any given fire and other emergency incidents.
TXTFire, which was founded by Chua, has 228,000 members nationwide and more than 4,200 volunteer groups.